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10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

Okay so in my 10 ways to make money from the Halloween season series so far we've had the 1st: Rent Your House as A Haunted House and 2nd: Selling Halloween Costumes. But if those money making methods aren't really ideal for you, after all, sewing isn't for everyone! Then how about chopping things up and creating and selling amazing scary or funny looking carved pumpkins instead? 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

This idea just came to me after posting these Funny Amazing Hilarious Halloween Pumpkins and Meme's for a Good Halloween Scare! And it's a really obvious one and a great way to make some extra money from the Halloween season! Think about it! Pumpkins sell like they are made out of gold during near the end of October. People love to cut them up and carve scary faces into them and put them outside their house so trick or treaters can see them and call in for a trick or a treat!

In fact, pumpkin sales go through the roof during October and more and more each year, as the population increases, as we celebrate such Pagan like traditions religiously. Pumpkin sales increase more and more and they are hot in high demand. But buying a pumpkin is one thing and is easy to do! Actually carving it into something that looks kind of scary, creepy or grotesque in some artful way is another. Lest some 'orrible little git decides to stick his foot into it but that's what security cameras are for lol

It's not always easy to make a cool looking pumpkin. I remember when I tried making my first pumpkin head. It was a lot of fun removing all the guts and creating triangle shaped eyes and teeth and putting a candle inside. But it looked pretty basic and primitive. Not like some of the amazing pumpkins that people are making today that you see on the Internet though! Some people are naturally gifted at this kind of thing. But there are a lot of videos and guides/instructions etc out there that show you how to make them. And all you have to do really is just look around and get some ideas and experiment and practice at it and you could create a lot of good looking pumpkins!

Although it can be a lot of fun. To create a cool and scary looking pumpkin. A lot goes into it. But if you have any kind of imagination or skill. And you just look up some cool funny amazing pumpkin designs online that have been uploaded by people over the years then you can get a lot of ideas and inspiration and create the same.

Best Place to Find Amazing Cool Pumpkin Designs?

You'll find a lot going through Google Images to be honest. But it's best to use a more dedicated place to photos for this kind of thing and that's to use Pinterest. Search Pinterst for Pumpkin Carving Ideas and you'll find many that come up!

Some no doubt very simple to make and can serve another purpose as well. Like this very simple pumpkin head that was made by the very young Kathleen Boland to hold lollipops in for the kids when they come trick or treatin'!

RRP for this simple lollipop pumpkin $5-20.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
[Image Source: Halloween fun.

Something like that would be very easy to make just going from that picture. And from it you could use different designs for the mouth or they eyes etc. Stick loads of lollipops in it and put it on your doorstep with a candle in it.

Of course you can be really creative and create a lot of things in a pumpkin. Not just faces, but things like silhouettes, animals, shapes and intricate patterns, portraits or words. Like these simple TURN BACK NOW pumpkins.

RRP for these three hefty blighters $30-50.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
Or this pumpkin using teeth picks as teeth. Simple but effective could go for $10-25.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

To Jack Sparrow. RRP: $20-40.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
To Yoda. RRP: $20-40.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
To Here's Johnny. RRP: $20-40.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
This Frankenstein's Monster pumpkin. RRP: $20-40.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
Source: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/441634307183222251/

Or this witch with cauldron pumpkin. RRP $25-40.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

Or something like this Harley Quinn pumpkin! You may see a lot of them or similar pumpkins and anything trendy like that right now could go for big money. Clubs, pubs, bars and restaurants would buy them to draw people in with by having them outside.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
Image source: https://pinterest.com/pin/70439181649814245/

That must take some talent and know how to do carvings like that but you could charge a lot more for them and RRP for that would be from $20-80. You may be surprised but if your pumpkin is really unique and appealing to people. They will be willing to pay that much for it if they can own it and it looks like they made it. Without them having to actually make it! lol 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

But even if you don't have much carving talent. You can still come up with some clever, novel and unique pumpkin designs. Like this square cut out and sticks for bars with skeletons inside it. Super easy to make, fun and cool looking. RRP: $25-40.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

By the way. If you have a drill. You can make many cool looking pumpkins easily and without leaving much mess or needing to mess around with knives. Just drill holes into them using different sized drill bits and create patterns using holes in some way for a spooky mystical looking effect when it has a candle burning inside them.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
Average recommended selling price for them would be $10-25 a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Carving Templates
There are many pumpkin carving templates out there you can use to create cool looking pumpkins with if you can't think of anything. They are basically just stencils you can use to go off when cutting the pumpkin up. You can find many of these on Pinterest and in Google too. There are literally hundreds of designs you can come up with from using a simple stencil like these and they can look really good if you do a good job of your pumpkin carving!

Like these 20 pumpkin stencils you can print off and then carve into a pumpkin to create the effect without it being too much hassle or hard to do.
10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
Here are some that were made from these stencils.

10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!
Image Source: 20 Free Pumpkin Carving Templates.

Can You Make Money Selling Pumpkins?

Even with not a lot of skills. Provided you have enough foot traffic going past your house. You could knock some together and put them outside for sell. Or you could make them and then offer them for sale to your local grocer store too. Also ask around in pubs and other shops as well as they are likely to buy at least one or two to try and resell at a better price or put outside their shop to draw people in.

And provided you was able to do that (at the least). Then yes absolutely, anyone can make money from selling funny, amazing, spooky, unique, cool, clever pumpkins!

A quick number crunch.

  • Average selling price: $10-25.
  • Estimated time to make each pumpkin: 20-25 minutes.
  • Average cost to buy a large pumpkin. $2-4.
  • If you had 2 people devoting 6 hours for 2 days you could make around 25 pumpkins.
  • Sell each pumpkin for $20-30. Average earnings: $500-750.
  • Total investment for 25 pumpkins. $50-75.
  • Average profit: Around $500. For just selling 25 pumpkins in 2 days.

So yeah, selling pumpkins for cash. It's totally doable.

Do you sell pumpkins for cash come Halloween?

Is this something you'd like to do or try?

Hope you find it useful and have a Happy Halloween anyway! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!

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Beverly

This is such an amazing and unique form of art! And, I have admired these type of carved pumpkins for years. Seems you can't go anywhere now at Halloween and not see one 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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idealmike

I know right! I'm going to try making one or two myself this year. Just for kicks! I want to try some of these stencils and see if I can get them looking like how they look in the pictures above. I have a feeling it's going to turn out like one of those Pinterest nailed it fails. Where you have the expectations and then you have the reality. Some of those really crack me up. Like this Minion cake.
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I'll have to do a post on some of these. Just because! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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Lynne

OMG MIke this is so funny! I tried making Ginger Bread Men with my daughter and I took a pic and compared it to the image of the Ginger Bread Men in the recipe...., epic fail LOL.



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idealmike

HAHA! Yeah those sorts of things make me chuckle and laugh when I see the how they should look and how they actually look after my attempt! But let's face it and be honest, you get better at these things the more you do them. I bet you any money the people that make the perfect looking one had to make a few first before they got that perfect looking one! Bet you! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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Lynne

Mike some of those Pumpkins look really awesome. I wonder how much skill it will take to make a kickass carved pumpkin like those? I know that my skills will probably be a little bit lacking for the really detailed ones. This looks like buckets of fun.

Although I doubt that will work for me here in South Africa because Halloween is not big here, in all honesty I have never even seen a real live, carved pumpkin. I have only seen images of them online and of course in American movies.

That said maybe because nobody does it there is a market because it will be so unique? Surely somebody here would like a carved pumpkin...



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idealmike

Did you not have pumpkins and carve them as a kid Lynne? It's only a matter of practice really and knowing the right pumpkin for the job! Not all pumpkins are equal. Some have softer flesh, some have thinner skin and it takes the perfect balanced pumpkin along with some carving skills and creativity and a little imagination and these stencils of course! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins! But if it's not that celebrated there it might not be the best place to try and sell them. But you could perhaps make one or two this year, with your kids, just for fun like. And then take some pics of them and put them outside your house for sale or something and see what happens. Then next year do the same again but with more pumpkins and go from there. You never know, pumpkins and Halloween could be a money spinner for you! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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MusicMoguls

We don't celebrate holidays but i will say this, what a great idea! This will boost your October sales every year, and if you can make a deal with local haunted houses your golden. Many haunted houses need things like this for decoration and if they had a go to person every year it would be easier for them. If you have the skills to carve art into these pumpkins then i say contact local haunted houses or even a neighbor that goes all out for Halloween. You may have some sales already waiting you and you don't even realize it. Thanks Mike great topic.



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idealmike

Hi Jkeyz thanks for your feedback. You don't celebrate holidays? As in any holidays? Not even Christmas or anything? But yeah thanks for mentioning that you are right. That is a good point actually!! If you could find out about haunted houses in your area/city/country, you could reach out to them and tell them about your pumpkin carving business and send them pictures of your pumpkins in all their splendid glory and sell them that way probably. Hey may as well make an official FB page and a Pinterest page and everything else. Go all out go hard or go home as they say HAHA!



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ermini2

This is a really cool idea, although my family and I dont celebrate holidays, this could be key for making some fast cash this month, especially with last minute people who like to decorate! Alls they have to do is set it up and put it where they want, they dont have to worry about the huge mess or carving it themselves! Thanks for sharing!!!



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idealmike

Thanks ermini you're welcome. How come you don't celebrate any holidays either? Do you mean just Halloween or Christmas and everything else? I don't "celebrate" the Pagan holiday that is Halloween either. I don't really "celebrate" Christmas or any holiday or special day either. I take part in them sure. Although that taking part does usually involve getting to eat lots of nice food and drinking which is just fine with me! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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Pixie06

Halloween is round the corner and I will totally love to buy such carved pumpkins. I am not really good at carving pumpkins and so I don't think that I can actually make money out of this. But those who are talented can definitely try this out. I am sure that many people will be buying those carved pumpkins. They are so well made. How I wish I was as talented as those artists?



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gelotologist

All designs are perfect and wonderfully made for Halloween, I would totally buy these things even though it's expensive. These carved pumpkins makes the Halloween more special and more interesting to all the people that would have seen it. All are amazing! 10 Ways to Make Money on Halloween: Sell Carved Pumpkins!



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wallet

Many of your pumpkins look great and scary, there are people who sell carved pumpkins in the market when the Haloween comes kids from all schools must buy a pumpkin.



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